first of all, thanks to everyone who commented on the fiber prep entry! it’s really interesting to know what people prefer and i think it may even give a glimpse into some personalities ;)
so. after you choose what sort of fiber prep you want, the way you spin the yarn is the next decision you have to tackle.
now, up until SOAR i had spun worsted, only worsted, and nothing but worsted (not to be mistaken with worsted weight wool). spinning worsted means that i treadle, let the spin build up behind my right fingers, then draft and allow the twist to come up the wool in a very controlled and smooth manor.
the second way to spin, which nearly blew my mind, is called woolen. i have to tell you that my friend gwen and i have totally different spinning styles, but no matter how much i have watched her spin, i could never make heads or tails of it. that would be because she spins woolen. during woolen spinning, you allow the twist to come into your drafting zone and then draft by pulling on the already twisted part. here’s a magical youtube video of long draw version of woolen spinning. magic, i tell you, MAGIC!
this choice combined with prep choices give you one of four kinds of yarn
from top you can get either worsted yarn or semi-woolen yarn and from carded fiber you can get semi-worsted yarn or woolen yarn. so you can spin one, the other, or something in the middle. for both of the semi’s, you get some of the benefits of both. here’s a close-up of my carded samples and here’s a close-up of the combed. can you tell which is the semi?
okay spinners, so what is your default spin? why?
worsted. that’s they way i thought it (i.e. spinning) was done. i might be worsted wannabe woolen though. woolen just seems so much more laid back. that said, i think 3 years of worsted style spinning will probably stick to my ribs for years to come. it will be hard habit to shake.
mostly, however, i want to play with all the combinations on all sorts of different kind of roving. hurray for options and for more control over my spinning.